Racial/Ethnic Inequities in Treatment for Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Associations with Health
Funded by: NYU Langone Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy
Project dates: May 2021 - April 2022
Principal Investigator: Scheidell, Joy

There is currently a substantial gap in our knowledge on the intersections of gender and race/ethnicity in opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment and how that may impact women’s health. This study used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a nationally-representative study of adults in the United States, to examine racial/ethnic disparities in treatment, such as any treatment, perceived need for treatment, and sources of and barriers to treatment; individual-, social-, and structural-level correlates of treatment; and associations between treatment and health outcomes among women with OUD. Documenting these disparities is a crucial first step to rectifying them and results of this study will help to identify targets for intervention to increase treatment and improve health among women with OUD.